If you’re the type of person that has to have the fastest time on the whiteboard, and is heartbroken when someone else beats you, ask yourself these questions the next time you leave the gym: What do you really want, and are you willing to sacrifice time/money/relationships/personal joy to get it? If you don’t have any intentions competing on the professional level, then why does it matter if somebody beat your time? I understand if you leave a workout upset with yourself because you feel that you could have pushed harder, but if you truly gave everything you had during a workout then there is no reason to second guess your abilities.
I’m sure we have all heard the CrossFit phrase “Leave your ego at the door”, although cliché’ it is very true. There will always be somebody that’s better than you at something. Since when is CrossFit about beating the person next to you? We’re supposed to be focused on self-fulfilment, and personal growth. If you walk in the gym with a chip on your shoulder with the aim to beat everyone, you’re probably going to leave the box disappointed. On top of that, the whole concept of being part of a community that supports one another has just totally flown over your head. More importantly let’s have fun, going to the gym is supposed to be fun!!
Always remember “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden